What is traveler’s diarrhea (TD)?
- Travelers’ diarrhea (TD), or vacation diarrha, is the most predictable travel-related illness.
- Attack rates range from 30% to 70% of travelers, depending on the destination and season of travel.
- Poor hygiene practice in local restaurants is likely the largest contributor to the risk for TD.
- In this syndrome, vomiting and diarrhea may both be present, but symptoms usually resolve spontaneously within 12 hours.
Where does travelers’ diarrhea usually happen or transmit?
- TD most likely occurs in environments in warmer climates where large numbers of people do not have access to plumbing or latrines, the amount of stool contamination in the environment will be higher and more accessible to flies.
- Happens equally in male and female travelers and is more common in young adult travelers than in older travelers.
How is travelers’ diarrhea prevented?
- Carrying small containers of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (may make it easier for travelers to clean their hands before eating when hand-washing is not possible.)
- Care in selecting food and beverages can minimize the risk for acquiring TD.
By taking the necessary steps to prevent traveler’s diarrhea, you can minimize your risk of infection and ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip. If you have any concerns about traveler’s diarrhea or other travel-related health issues, book a consultation today for personalized advice and treatment options.